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ORAU, ORNL announce winners of High Performance Computing Grant competition

Four new grants worth up to $75,000 over three years awarded to member university faculty researchers for 2012

Feb. 13, 2012

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered again to award four new grants in the ORAU/ORNL High-Performance Computing Grant Program for 2012.

ORAU provides up to $75,000 over three years to researchers and their teams. In addition to the monetary award, ORNL provides faculty and student teams with valuable access to the laboratory’s computing resources and staff.

This year, in an effort to fill research gaps and address possible project opportunities, each proposal was required to address one key research area identified by ORNL. Member institutions who submited a proposal collaborated with an ORNL research staff member who serves as the principal investigator on the project. The ORNL staff members partnered with each HPC grant winner represent the laboratory’s Neutron Sciences, Computing and Computational Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Nuclear Science and Engineering organizations.

Four recipients and ORNL principal investigators were chosen for this year:

  • Dr. Steve Shannon, Department of Nuclear Engineering, at North Carolina State University
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Richard Goulding, Fusion Energy Division
  • Dr. Dipangkar Dutta, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Phil Ferguson, Neutron Facilities Development Division
  • Dr. Barbara Chapman, Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Houston
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Oscar Hernandez, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division
  • Dr. David Keffer, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Tennessee
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Orlando Rios, Materials Science and Technology Division

The grant program was established in 2009 to encourage new and expand existing research initiatives among ORAU member institutions using high-performance computing systems.

ORNL has two of the world’s fastest supercomputers and is currently transforming Jaguar, the fastest supercomputer in the United States, into a new petascale supercomputer named Titan that will be capable of 10 to 20 thousand trillion calculations per second.

“The HPC grant program allows us to give top researchers the opportunity to use some of the most powerful tools in the world,” said Andy Page, ORAU president and CEO. “Through this program, we can continue to build tomorrow’s science and technology leaders, which will help our nation to stay competitive in the scientific research industry.”

The grant award is $25,000 for the first year with potential funding of up to two more years for a total of $75,000 provided by ORAU.

For the 2012 program, ORAU received 13 proposals and selected 11 for review by an ORNL-led review panel. Successful proposals were evaluated on the scientific and strategic value to an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development funded project.

The ORAU/ORNL High-Performing Computing Grant program is a competitive grant program managed and funded by ORAU and open only to ORAU’s member institutions. The next call for proposals is expected to be announced in the fall of 2013 and winners would be announced in the spring of 2014.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. ORNL is home to the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the nation’s most powerful open resource for capability computing, which engages a world-class team from national laboratories, research institutions, computing centers, universities and vendors.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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